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Ground control to Major Liam

Some Spokane kindergarten kids were asked what they want to be when they grow up.

One boy said “astronaut.”

Which makes you wonder about his plan. What's your guess?

A) He is counting on the U.S. getting back into space exploration. B) He soon will be transferring to a school in China. C) He intends to build his own rocket in his backyard. D) He thought that was synonymous with “proctologist.” E) By the time he is 16, he will be thinking more along the lines of a position in the service industry. F) Other.     

Caldwell kindergarten teacher put 5-year-old in dark room, forgot him and left for the day

A 5-year-old boy was placed in a dark room by his kindergarten teacher at a Caldwell elementary school, KTVB-TV reports, and the teacher then forgot about the child and left for the day. The boy's parents, panicked when their son didn't return from morning kindergarten, went to the school and found him in the darkened room, crying; he'd been there at least an hour and a half. You can read KTVB's full report here.

Solon Wants To Eliminate K-Teachers

Item: Emmett Republican wants overhaul of Idaho’s kindergarten system/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter

More Info: Rep. Steve Thayn, R-Emmett, wants to completely overhaul the Gem State’s kindergarten system and integrate parents into the education process.  The move, Thayn believes, would save more than $50 million and that’s a figure he is counting on for the plan to gain traction with state representatives and senators.

Question: Do you think Idaho could keep kindergarten going if it eliminated teachers in favor of volunteer parents?